Opossum eating fruit in a tree in Waukesha County Wisconsin on December 28, 2016
Doing some birding today in Waukesha County I came across something I had never seen before. A Opossum in a crab apple eating the fruit. It was there for a good 30 minutes and then I left. Images were taken on December 28, 2016.
Binomial name: Didelphia virginiana
Average life span in the wild: 2 years
Size: To 2.5 feet in length
Weight: 1.8-14 lbs
Diet: Fruits, snakes, insects, snails, slugs, eggs, mice, rats, fish, frogs, crayfish, and carrion.
Cool fact: The can give birth to as many as 25
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Those were some great photos. It almost looks cute
Wow, great shots of this critter. Beautiful.
Love these shots. Such funny critters.
Great shots of an often unappreciated and maligned creature. All creatures deserve respect.
Great photos! Those berries sure look yummy!
Thanks for sharing photos of an animal that few people are fortunate to see up close. They like to eat ticks and seem to be immune to tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme Diease.Because they originate from the southern states and are not well equipped for handling northern cold winters, their feet, nose, tail, and ears are very susceptible to frostbite. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society takes care of many orphaned possum babies who have fallen off mom when she walks with them hanging on her. Possums look scarier than they really are.